Items filtered by date: September 2013

New Partners and New Ventures for ASCB in Science Education Reform

newpartnersIn a 2012 Science editorial, Bruce Alberts, a former ASCB president who was then the journal's editor, urged professional societies to team up in leading innovation in science education. ASCB took that charge seriously. In an editorial that appears in the latest issue of CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE) ,  Adam Fagen, the Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), and I announce an important editorial partnership to strengthen ASCB's science education journal, which has been called the flagship of data-driven, science education reform.


The Scholarly Paper That No One Will Want to Read Is Being Written in Congress

quality of lifeSpelling It Out: Spending on basic research has increased
our longevity and the quality of that longer life.
Photo Credit: John Fleischman
This week, a paper in the American Journal of Public Health, a well-respected scholarly publication in the field, caught my attention.1 The paper reported how health economists, using well-validated instruments, examined the state of population health in the United States and how population health changed from 1987 to 2008. They took into consideration not just mortality and morbidity, but also quality of life, which is an essential measure of health in developed countries like ours.


A Scientist-Senator with a Seat — and a Vote — for Life

italiansenator-smI recently spent some time on a family vacation in Italy. We have a tradition in our family; at the dinner table, each of us has to say the best and the worst thing that happened to him or her during the day. It is always a fun moment that kids love, and it allows adults to pause and reflect on the day gone by. During our vacation, as you may imagine, the topics were very light and it was always hard to find the worst thing because it was pretty much a state of bliss.


Showing the Faces of Science

weareresearchIn 2011, the Nobel Foundation awarded its prize of prizes to cell biologist, immunologist, and longtime ASCB member Ralph Steinman. When the foundation tried calling to deliver the good news, no one picked up the phone. Dr. Steinman had died three days before. A tireless researcher who identified and named dendritic cells, Steinman championed an unpopular theory about the immune system that turned out to be right. His death just days before this worldwide public recognition was unbelievably sad and unfortunate. But when I read of it, an idea came to me immediately of how a tragic situation like this could be turned into something fitting and something powerful.

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